Mount Lyell is the highest point in Yosemite National Park, at 13,114 feet (3,997 m). It is located at the southeast end of the Cathedral Range, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) northwest of Rodgers Peak. The peak as well as nearby Lyell Canyon is named after Charles Lyell, a well-known 19th century geologist. The peak had one of the last remaining glaciers in Yosemite, Lyell Glacier. The Lyell Glacier is currently considered to be a permanent ice field, not a living glacier. Mount Lyell divides the Tuolumne River watershed to the north, the Merced to the west, and the Rush Creek drainage in the Mono Lake Basin to the southeast.
By elevation Mount Lyell is
# 1 out of 215 in Yosemite National Park # 1 out of 226 in Tuolumne County # 2 out of 112 in Madera County # 1 out of 35 in the Cathedral Range
By prominence Mount Lyell is
# 8 out of 215 in Yosemite National Park # 8 out of 226 in Tuolumne County # 2 out of 112 in Madera County # 43 out of 2492 in the Sierra Nevada # 1 out of 35 in the Cathedral Range
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